South Cambridgeshire

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South Cambridgeshire District
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Cambourne, a new town and the administrative centre of the district
South Cambridgeshire UK locator map.svg
South Cambridgeshire shown within Cambridgeshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country England
Region East of England
Non-metropolitan county Cambridgeshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Cambourne
Incorporated1 April 1974
  TypeNon-metropolitan district council
  BodySouth Cambridgeshire District Council
  LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat)
   MPs Anthony Browne (C)
Lucy Frazer (C)
  Total348.12 sq mi (901.63 km2)
  Rank40th (of 309)
  Rank122nd (of 309)
  Density470/sq mi (180/km2)
97.1% White
Time zone UTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code 12UG (ONS)
E07000012 (GSS)
OS grid reference TL318598
Longstanton, one of the many villages of the district Longstanton, All Saints - - 3395239.jpg
Longstanton, one of the many villages of the district

South Cambridgeshire is a local government district of Cambridgeshire, England, with a population of 162,119 at the 2021 census. [1] It was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Chesterton Rural District and South Cambridgeshire Rural District. It completely surrounds the city of Cambridge, which is administered separately from the district by Cambridge City Council.


Southern Cambridgeshire, including both the district of South Cambridgeshire and the city of Cambridge, has a population of over 281,000 (including students) and an area of 1,017.28 km square.

Oakington, one of the many villages in the district Oakington High Street - - 2857180.jpg
Oakington, one of the many villages in the district

On the abolition of South Herefordshire and Hereford districts to form the unitary Herefordshire in 1998, South Cambridgeshire became the only English district to completely encircle another.

The district's coat of arms contains a tangential reference to the coat of arms of the University of Cambridge [2] by way of the coat of arms of Cambridge suburb Chesterton. [3] The motto, Niet Zonder Arbyt, means "Not Without Work" (or effort) in pre-standard Dutch; the only Dutch motto in British civic heraldry. It was originally the motto of Cornelius Vermuyden, who drained the Fens in the 17th century. The district council's headquarters moved from Cambridge to Cambourne in 2004.

South Cambridgeshire has scored highly on the best places to live, according to Channel 4, which ranked South Cambridgeshire as the fifth-best place to live in 2006.[ citation needed ] A Halifax survey rated South Cambridgeshire the best place to live in rural Britain, and sixth best overall in 2017. [4]

Histon, one of the largest villages in the district Histon Baptist Church - - 3492408.jpg
Histon, one of the largest villages in the district

In 2010 South Cambridgeshire had the highest median household income in the county of Cambridgeshire. [5]

List of settlements

Abington Piggotts  Arrington  Babraham  Balsham  Bar Hill  Barrington  Bartlow  Barton  Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth  Bourn  Boxworth  Caldecote  Cambourne  Carlton  Castle Camps  Caxton  Childerley  Chishills  Chittering  Comberton  Conington  Coton  Cottenham  Croxton  Croydon  Dry Drayton  Duxford  Elsworth  Eltisley  Fen Ditton  Fen Drayton  Fowlmere  Foxton  Fulbourn  Gamlingay  Girton  Grantchester  Graveley  Great Abington  Great Eversden  Great Shelford  Great Wilbraham  Guilden Morden  Hardwick  Harlton  Harston  Haslingfield  Hatley  Hauxton  Heydon  Hildersham  Hinxton  Histon  Horseheath  Horningsea  Ickleton  Impington  Kingston  Knapwell  Landbeach  Linton  Litlington  Little Abington  Little Eversden  Little Gransden  Little Shelford  Little Wilbraham  Lolworth  Longstanton  Longstowe  Madingley  Melbourn  Meldreth  Milton  Newton  Oakington  Orchard Park  Orwell  Over  Pampisford  Papworth Everard  Papworth St Agnes  Rampton  Sawston  Shepreth  Shingay cum Wendy  Shudy Camps  Six Mile Bottom  Stapleford  Steeple Morden  Stow-cum-Quy  Swavesey  Tadlow  Teversham  Thriplow & Heathfield  Toft  Waterbeach  West Wickham  West Wratting  Weston Colville  Westwick  Whaddon  Whittlesford  Willingham  Wimpole

Local government

South Cambridgeshire District Council
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Bridget Smith, Liberal Democrat
since 23 May 2018
Seats45 councillors
Political groups
Executive (37)
  •   Liberal Democrats (37)

Opposition (8)

Plurality-at-large and first-past-the-post
Last election
5 May 2022
Meeting place
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South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, CB23 6EA
South Cambridgeshire
Crest On a Wreath Argent and Gules upon a Mount Vert a Great Bustard close between the legs two Quill Pens in saltire points downward all proper.
Blazon Gules on a Saltire Ermine between in chief a Cornucopia the horn Or replenished proper in fess two Garbs and in base the Sails of a Windmill Or a closed Book Gules clasped and garnished Or.
Motto Niet Zonder Arbyt
Granted 13 May 1978 [6]

South Cambridgeshire District Council's headquarters are located in South Cambridgeshire Hall in the Cambourne Business Park in Cambourne. [7] The council consists of 45 councillors (reduced from 57 in 2018), representing 26 electoral wards (reduced from 34 in 2018). Since 2018 the council has been run by the Liberal Democrats. Before this, from 2007, the Conservatives had control, and prior to that, no party had overall control of the council.

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The council consists of 45 councillors, representing 26 electoral wards. The Liberal Democrats currently have a majority on the council, having gained control in the 2018 local elections. Prior to this, the Conservative party had overall control of the council since 2007, although independents formed the majority of the council from its formation in 1973 until 1992. Councillors are elected to four year terms. The 2018 elections were the first of the All-out Elections under the new policy agreed in 2015; [8] previous to that, elections for a third of all councillors took place in three years out of a four-year cycle, with one year without an election.

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(from 2018 election)
Conservative 84
Liberal Democrats 37+8
Independent 02
Labour 02


Leader Liberal Democrats Bridget Smith
Deputy Leader Liberal Democrats Neil Gough
Finance Liberal Democrats John Williams
Environmental Services and Licensing Liberal Democrats Bill Handley
Housing Liberal Democrats Hazel Smith
Planning Liberal Democrats Tumi Hawkins

Councillors and Wards

WardParishes [9]  Councillor [10] Party
BalshamBalsham, Carlton, Horseheath,
West Wickham, West Wratting,
Western Colville
 Geoff Harvey Liberal Democrat
Bar HillBar Hill Bunty Waters Conservative
BarringtonBarrington, Great Eversden,
Little Eversden, Orwell, Wimpole
 Aidan Van de Weyer Liberal Democrat
BassingbournBassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth, Litlington, Susan van de Ven Liberal Democrats
CaldecoteBourn, Caldecote, Childerley, Kingston,
Little Gransden, Longstowe, Toft
 Tumi Hawkins Liberal Democrat
CambourneCambourne Stephen Drew Liberal Democrat
 Helene Leeming Liberal Democrat
 Shrobona Bhattacharya Conservative
Caxton & PapworthBoxworth, Caxton, Conington, Croxton,
Elsworth, Eltisley, Graveley, Knapwell,
Papworth Everard, Papworth St Agnes
 Mark Howell Conservative
 Peter Sandford Liberal Democrat
CottenhamCottenham, Rampton Neil Gough Liberal Democrat
 Eileen Wilson Liberal Democrat
DuxfordBabraham, Duxford, Hinxton, Ickleton, Pampisford Peter McDonald Liberal Democrat
Fen Ditton & FulbournFen Ditton, Fulbourn, Great Wilbraham,
Horningsea, Little Wilbraham,
Stow-cum-Quy, Teversham
 Graham Cone Conservative
 Carla Hofman Liberal Democrat
 John Williams Liberal Democrat
FoxtonFowlmere, Foxton, Great Chishill, Heydon, Little Chishill James Hobro Liberal Democrat
GamlingayGamlingay Bridget Smith Liberal Democrat
GirtonDry Drayton, Girton, Madingley Corinne Garvie Liberal Democrats
 Richard Stobart Liberal Democrats
HardwickHardwick, Toft  Lina Nieto Conservative
Harston & CombertonBarton, Comberton, Coton, Grantchester,
Harlton, Harston, Haslingfield,
Hauxton, South Trumpington
 Michael Atkins Liberal Democrat
 Ariel Cahn Liberal Democrat
 Lisa Redrup Liberal Democrat
Histon & ImpingtonHiston, Impington, Orchard Park  Martin Cahn Liberal Democrat
 Sunita Hansraj Liberal Democrat
 Pippa Heylings Liberal Democrat
LintonBartlow, Castle Camps, Great Abington, Hildersham,
Linton, Little Abington, Shudy Camps
 Henry Batchelor Liberal Democrat
 John Batchelor Liberal Democrat
LongstantonLongstanton, Oakington, Westwick Sarah Cheung Johnson Liberal Democrat
 Alex Malyon Liberal Democrat
MelbournMelbourn, Meldreth, Shepreth, Whaddon Jose Hales Liberal Democrat
 Sally Ann Hart Liberal Democrat
Milton & WaterbeachLandbeach, Milton, Waterbeach Paul Bearpark Liberal Democrat
 Anna Bradnam Liberal Democrat
 Judith Rippeth Liberal Democrat
Over & WillinghamOver, Willingham Bill Handley Liberal Democrat
 Daniel Lentell Liberal Democrat
SawstonSawston Libby Earle Liberal Democrat
 Brian Milnes Liberal Democrat
ShelfordGreat Shelford, Little Shelford, Stapleford Peter Fane Liberal Democrat
 William Jackson-Wood Liberal Democrat
SwaveseyFen Drayton, Lolworth, Swavesey Sue Ellington Conservative
The MordensAbington Pigotts, Arrington, Croydon, Guilden Morden,
Hatley, Shingay-cum-Wendy, Steeple Morden, Tadlow
 Heather Williams Conservative
WhittlesfordHeathfield, Newton, Thriplow, Whittlesford Richard Williams Conservative


Cambridge Airport is located in South Cambridgeshire. [11]

The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway passes through South Cambridgeshire.


ScotAirways has its head office on the grounds of Cambridge Airport in South Cambridgeshire. [11] [12]

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